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room. >> i'm wondering how much a hotel room will be for sunday night, the night before the inauguration? oh, a three-night minimum stay. and how much is that per night? $1,532 per night. so that's a three-night minimum, $5,262 for the three nights, but it would have to be a three-night minimum. a view overlooking pennsylvania avenue, yes. and how much would that be? $1,655 for three nights, the grand total is $5,719. i'll call you back if we decide to take it. you've got the 19th through the 22nd, and what would that be per night? $999 a night. i wonder if you had any rooms left and what the price was? you have a four-night minimum.
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king-sized bed, $1,145 a night and a four-night minimum. and if i wanted to upgrade to a premiere suite? a junior suite. i'm curious to know how much your most expensive room is going for at this time? the royal suite, $20,000 a night, four-night minimum. and has that been booked for the inauguration? it has been booked. thank you so much. >> 20 grand a night. what a deal. thanks so much for starting your morning with us. we've got much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning," which starts right now. ♪ >> so help you god? >> so help me god. good morning, everyone. and welcome to this very special edition of "cnn saturday
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morning." it is saturday, january 19th. look at that gorgeous shot at the capitol there. i'm randi kaye, coming to you live from the national mall, as we gear up for the 57th presidential inauguration. and all morning, our cnn political team will be bringing you the very latest on all the preparations for the big day on monday and the biggest challenges facing president obama in his second term. but first, let's bring in my colleague, victor blackwell, who's back in atlanta. victor, i know you have some of the latest news on some of the other stories that we're watching this morning. >> indeed, randi. thanks. we're starting with this really bizarre story about the notre dame linebacker, manti te'o. in an interview, he denied having any part in the fake girlfriend story, except being the victim of a cruel hoax. te'o spoke with espn's jeremy schaap off-camera about the ordeal. >> i would say during the entire
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two hours that we spoke, he was completely composed, he betrayed no nervousness, he had maybe full command of the story, suggests that it's a story, rather than the truth. but he had a full command of everything that i posed. >> te'o told espn that a man named ronaiah tuiasosopo admitted to being behind this hoax. now, he showed them a tweet, supposedly an apology from tuiasosopo. cnn has not confirmed the tweet or tuiasosopo's involvement. we went to tuiasosopo's home, but the person there would not comment. let's stick with sports. in part two of lance armstrong's interview with oprah winfrey, he teared up when he talked about telling his son not to defend his record anymore. he also told oprah how fighting cancer helped him cope in the wake of that damning 1,000-page
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usada report. >> i've been to a dark place that was not by doing, i've been to a place where i didn't know if i was going to live, a month, six month, a year, five years, ten years. it's helped me now. i mean, this is not a good time. but it isn't the worst part of my life. >> ed lavendera joins us now from armstrong's hometown of austin, texas. ed, armstrong, as you saw, talked about these dark places and going to these dark places. he told oprah that he's in therapy now. we've seen in social media, in traditional media, the backlash. what else is he seeing in terms of fallout? >> reporter: well, i think many people are still trying to figure out exactly what to make of the two-night interview and whether or not lance armstrong is truly apologetic for what he has done over the last 15 years. and then trying to figure out whether or not he was truly contrite in what he said. but it was interesting to see, in the wide range of questions
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that lance armstrong faced, he said, you know, he understands people's anger at him and that he will spend the rest of his life, trying to make amends. but at the same time, not all of that cut very well with many people. and especially when he talked about losing the sponsorship over the course of a couple of days, when companies like nike and hero all started calling and essentially bailing out on lance armstrong. he said that was a $75 million loss. >> it's terrible. >> do you feel disgraced? >> of course. but i also feel humbled. i feel ashamed. yeah, this is ugly stuff. nike called. and this isn't the most humbling
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moment, i'm going to get to that. and they said, basically, cliff notes here, that they're out. okay. and then the calls started coming. tareq, hero, anheuser-busch. >> in the same day? same couple of days? >> yeah, a couple days. everybody out. >> reporter: and victor, lance armstrong says that he lost all of that endorsement. he doesn't think that he's -- he also thinks that he's lost all future income, which is probably one of the reasons he wants to get back into athletic competition. but he's got a lifetime ban. he's looking and hoping that that can be reduced some way, but it's not exactly clear to what length he will be able to, or is willing to help investigators with the united states anti-doping agency and the world anti-doping agency.
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victor? >> all right. ed lavendera in austin, texas, for us. thank you for that. and of course, twitter has been on fire all week with the reaction to armstrong's confession. david walsh, the journalist who first raised questions about lance armstrong in 1999, has been tweeting up a storm here. he tweets this, "oprah pressured him. the apology was, i thought, hesitantly promised. i didn't ask for it or expect it, but, yes, if it's offered, i accept." t.j. quinn of espn asks, "this is the emotion many were wanting to see. but here's my question -- do you feel like you've finally seen the real guy?" and of course, comedians had a field day. steve martin is even ready to fess up himself, "i'm ready to go on oprah and admit doping in 1968." for an in-depth look at the disgraced cyclist, watch "the world according to lance armstrong" right here on cnn, tonight at 10:00 eastern. overseas now, this hostage
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ordeal is getting into its fourth day in the desert. leon panetta vows the u.s. will do everything necessary to protect its citizens. and this morning, algerian special forces are trying to secure the release of a number of people. the number, unknown right now, including americans who are unaccounted for. militants stormed a gas facility in algeria, it happened wednesday. they took hundreds of people captive. then on thursday, one american, 11 other hostages were killed when algerian forces fired on those militants in a really controversial rescue operation. but 650 others, including six americans, were freed or escaped. now, algeria is defending that rescue operation. it says the militants were planning to kill all the hostages and blow up that gas facility. well, first, they were grounded. and now, deliveries are on hold. boeing is suspending deliveries of its new 787 dreamliner jet until a battery problem is resolved. and the faa says it's in
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compliance. the aerospace company's entire global fleet of dreamliners has been taken out of service. and regulators want to make sure the plane's lithium ion batteries are safe. so let's go back now on another topic, to washington, where our randi kaye is at the national mall. randi? good morning, again, victor. we are staying warm here. don't you worry about us. we saw record crowds here on the mall four years ago, of course, for president obama's first inauguration. and now officials aren't expecting a repeat, though. but still, they know that hundreds of thousands of people will be here, and that is a big challenge, of course, for security. cnn pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence, is on seventh street, keeping an eye on security there for us. chris, good morning to you. how many people do they have guarding the city right now as we prepare for the upcoming inaugural? >> reporter: randi, it's hard to put an exact number on it. we know most of d.c.'s 4,000 cops will be on duty. they've also pulled in about 2,000 to 3,000 other police
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officers from all around the country and about 6,000 national guard troops as well, who will be helping a lot of the federal agencies. so right there, doing the math, that's 12,000, 13,000. that's not even counting the atf, fbi, and secret service agents who will really be running this security plan. so a lot of people in place, you know, for this crowd, expected to be coming in the next couple of days or so. >> and certainly here on the mall, it's goung to be standing roop only. hard areas to get through and get around. but are there any credible threats that security officials are watching or just taking some extra precautions here? >> reporter: no credible threats. there have been no real security incidents last time, and from the sources we spoke, in some of the federal agencies here, just in the last couple of days, so far they don't have any credible threats for this one. a big difference this time will be the crowd p. i mean, last time, there was
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about 1.8 million visitors here, by some estimates. that's been revised down. the numbers i'm hearing from folks here in d.c. now, it could be as small as 500,000, 600,000, which admittedly doesn't sound that small, but compared to 1.8 million, it makes a big change in the security program. a lot of the bridges into the city last time, i remember, were closed down, because they had to be used for the police, for the emergency responders, for all those tour buses that were pouring in. they expect a lot of those bridges will stay open this time, so it may actually be a bit easier to get around in the city and have a little breathing room this time around. >> yeah, i'm with you on that. i was here in 2009 as well, and it already feels different. it's not nearly as crowded, the streets are still open. chris lawrence, thank you very much. nice to see you this morning. >> reporter: sure. well, we have got much more ahead this hour with inauguration just days away, many are wondering what
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president obama's legacy will be. will it be his push for tighter gun laws or his effort to repair our financial problems? and she dazzled us four years ago in this gown. what will she wear to this year's inaugural ball? a look at michelle obama's fashion as our special coverage continues this morning. [ female announcer ] born from the sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. [ female announcer ] he could be the one. soulmate. husband. loving father to your children. but first you've got to get him to say, "hello." new crest 3d white arctic fresh toothpaste. use it with these 3d white products, and whiten your teeth in just 2 days.
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on sunday, the white house will hold a private swearing in ceremony for president obama. not to be outdone, on sunday, republicans will hold a private swearing at ceremony for president obama. >> welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye here live at the national mall. washington is all about ceremonies and celebrations this weekend. and all to mark the start of president obama's second term. the public inauguration celebration is monday, but this morning, we are looking past the oath of office to the next four years. the issues, the plans, and the prospects. and joining me now to talk about what to expect are cnn contributors maria cardona and ana novarro. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, randi. >> so nice to have you here in person. >> we talk almost every saturday, and it's nice to not be talking through the box. >> randi, give me some love.
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i'm here from miami, all right? >> and you're freezing it out. >> this is warm weather. >> she's wearing it ski gear. >> a little love for you, ana. so nice to see you too. so two issues i want to get to right now. immigration and debt. maria, i'm going to start with you on this one. the upcoming debt, certainly, the debt ceiling set the tone, really, for what to expect, we think, for the next four years. the battle over that, already. do you see that as the case? >> well, it's certainly going to be a big challenge, both for the president and for republicans. you're already hearing from republicans that came out of their retreat yesterday, essentially walking back, that they were going to use this debt ceiling pretty much to -- you know, as the democrats like to say, to take the economy hostage, to demand spending cuts. they have backed off of that, looking at some plan to raise the debt ceiling at least for the next three months, to give some time for those talks to happen. and there is a big challenge in coming together, because the president still really feels
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like absolutely, the debt needs to be focus on, it's a huge issue, big priority, but it needs to be done in a balanced way so that all the spending cuts are not focused on programs for those who are most vulnerable. so we'll see. >> so ana, do you think that the debt ceiling will set the tone between the president and congress? >> no. i think we're going to get a short reprieve. i think we're talking about, you know, what the republicans were talking about, i was actually at the gop retreat that maria just referenced and it's a possible three-month extension. but at some point, the problem, the whole problem, has got to be dealt with in a holistic way. the deficit has got to be dealt with. debt has got to be dealt with. spending has got to be dealt with. we can't just continue raising the debt limit without there being a balancing of the budget, like we would all have to balance our budgets at home. and i think republicans are looking at what the plan is long-term. but it was a very good retreat
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for republicans. i saw a lot of unity that i didn't expect after all the drama we've seen. >> what drama?! come on. listen, we also want to talk about immigration. the president has certainly spent a lot of time talking about immigration and the dream act. i want you to listen to what he has said. >> so there's no reason that we can't come together and get this done. and as long as i'm president, i will not give up on this issue. not only because it's the right thing to do for our economy, and ceos agree with me, not just because it's the right thing to do for our security, but because it's the right thing to do, period. and i believe that eventually, enough republicans in congress will come around to that view as well. >> all right. so you heard the president there. ana, i'll go to you first on this one. what should we expect on immigration? he got so much latino support, something like 70 or 71% of the
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vote. so what do you think we should expect? >> you know, i'm actually feeling slightly hopeful on immigration. and i haven't felt slightly hopeful for a while. i was just speaking to the gop retreat about immigration, about hispanics and minority outreach. and i felt a real sense of, most of them, i'm not going to say all of them, of really wanting to get something done and coming up with a constructive, bipartisan disagreement solution. i think john boehner is committed to do something. we see a lot of movement going on in the senate. this week we saw that senator marco rubio came out with a plan and is getting actually great endorsement from some of the right wing conservatives and pundits and influence makers in our party. and also from the wous. when was the last time you heard, you know, right wing conservative pundits and the white house agree on anything? they agreed that this plan was actually aed goo thing. so it looks like there is some hope on that. it's going to require a very delicate balancing act, by the white house, by democrats, and
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republicans in congress. >> and very quickly, what do you think it will look like in this second term? >> well, in terms of immigration, i do think that it is a priority for this president. it sounds like the republicans are getting to the point where, and we heard this right after the election, that they understood what they needed to do to attract latinos to the party, when you hear sean hannity talk about, we have to do comprehensive immigration reform, you know they've moved the needle. i think that marco's proposal is very positive. i've talked to a lot of the latino groups and they've even said positive things about it. a good place to start. we'll see where it needs to go from there. >> because they're certainly expecting it. >> no question. the latino community will hold this president's feet to the fire. more importantly, they will hold to the republicans' feet to the fire as well, and hopefully that will be enough to push both parties to do the right thing. >> their voices are going to be heard, even this weekend here on the national mall. >> i'll tell you this, the president owes them a huge debt
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of gratitude, so he better deliver. >> that's exactly right. and republicans want to do it, if they ever want to have any chance of ever getting to the white house again. >> maria, ana, nice to see you both here. and ana, i hope you'll be able to brave the cold, up from miami. i'll share my blanket with her. >> there you go. next hour, what kind of president will we see in term number two? political expert ron brownstein will join me for that discussion. and this is a look at president obama's official portrait for his second term. but even though first lady michelle obama isn't in the picture, she has the look that people are talking about. we'll explain. [ male announcer ] when these come together, and these come together, one thing you can depend on is that these will come together. delicious and wholesome. some combinations were just meant to be. tomato soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. with multiple lacerations to the wing and a fractured beak.
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the flu has killed nine more children in the past week. that takes us to now 29 children killed this season. and the number of elderly people hospitalized with these flu-like illnesses also has spiked. that's according to the centers for disease control. 30 states now have reports of high levels of the flu. that's six more than last week and for a long time, california was not on the list, but now california is one of those states. this season's flu vaccine is only about 62% effective, but experts say it's still the best option for staving off the flu. former new orleans mayor ray nagin is facing some big legal trouble. he's been indicted on 21 charges of federal corruption, including bribery, money laundering, fraud, filing false tax returns. nagin was mayor of new orleans during 2005's hurricane katrina and the aftermath and prosecutors say he used his office for personal gain and accepted payoffs, free trips,
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and thousands of dollars in bribes. hey, the dow and the s&p 500 ended the week at their highest levels in five years. now, the finish closed out a trade week that saw strong quarterly earnings from reports from major banks. markets also seemed to react positively to signs that the debt ceiling debate could be pushed back a bit. trading resumes on tuesday after the martin luther king jr. holiday. let's turn to the inauguration now. former president bush 41 and 43 were, of course, invited, but they won't be there this time. the elder bush is recovering from a month-long hospital stay after being treated for bronchitis. you remember that. a spokesperson for bush 43 says the former president and his wife, laura, wish the obamas, quote, all the best for a wonderful inaugural weekend. both former presidents attended the first inauguration. just in time for the inauguration, the white house has released the new official photo of president obama. it shows him smiling with his arms folded, standing in front of his desk at the oval office.
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